Counseling Information

What is Biblical Counseling?

 

Biblical counseling is a form of spiritual care which provides analysis, understanding, instruction, and encouragement from God’s word for the various spiritual, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of human beings, especially believers in Jesus Christ. Biblical counseling uses the Bible – God’s inspired and infallible revelation – to understand and address the problems people face. We believe God’s word is a sufficient and authoritative revelation for counseling, teaching, correcting, and encouraging those with spiritual, social, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Instructions for the Counselee(s)

 

In order to best serve you we will need some preliminary information. In addition to this consent form, you will be given a Personal Data Inventory form (PDI) on which to record the necessary background information that will make our sessions more efficient and allow us to better understand your story and concerns. Please take the time to complete the PDI and return it to us, preferably before your first session. The PDI will only be read by the biblical counselors and/or pastor(s) involved in your care, and the information contained it in will be kept strictly confidential.

Information about Our Counseling Methods

 

  1. Diagnostic Tools – We use forms and various resources such as the PDI, homework journals, and questionnaires to better understand the core issues in our counselees’ lives.

  2. Listening & Dialogue – We encourage counselees to speak openly but appropriately about the thoughts, feelings, and problems they are facing. This does not mean merely complaining about people or circumstances, but it does mean openly and constructively discussing them. Sometimes the counselor may ask a counselee to elaborate on a particular issue. Other times the counselor may ask the counselee to move along, discuss a different issue, or modify the way they are speaking about a particular person or circumstance.

  3. Team Counseling – Sometimes counseling will involve more than one counselor, especially in marital counseling. Sometimes a new counselor may be invited to observe the counseling session with the counselee’s consent.

  4. Homework – Specific assignments will be given in most counseling sessions. This is to aid the counselee’s progress and provides helpful feedback for the counselor. Homework may include Bible reading, prayer, Scripture memorization, viewing a video, or keeping a journal. No homework will be assigned that is beyond the counselee’s ability.

  5. Accountability – Our counselees’ time is valuable, and so is our counselors’ time. Sometimes an appointment cannot be kept or an assignment cannot be completed, but we expect counselees, like their counselors, to take the commitment and involvement in counseling seriously.

  6. Confidentiality – We take confidentiality seriously. Your name and personal information will not be shared outside of your assigned counselor(s) and/or the pastor and elders of ROPC (if you are a member of the church). There are limits, however, to this confidentiality. Our counselors abide by all legal requirements for reporting criminal behavior, specifically and especially violent or sexual offenses against minors. Also if you are a member of a church and continue in unrepentance after counseling, this information may be shared with your elders to aid them in pursuing church discipline for the sake of your soul.

How Long Does Counseling Take?

 

Sessions are generally 45-90 minutes long. Some cases may only require one session. Others may require many sessions over an extended period of time. We encourage you to participate in at least three weekly sessions before deciding to discontinue biblical counseling. Counselees are free to leave or discontinue their biblical counseling at any time, including during a session.

How Much Does It Cost?

 

Currently Reformation OPC does not charge for biblical counseling. If you wish to do so, a donation can be made online for counseling services through our website: www.reformationopcaz.org. We suggest $50/per session as a guideline for donations. Please indicate that your donation is for the counseling ministry.

Confidentiality

 

We are careful to protect the confidentiality of our counselees within biblical, legal, and ethical guidelines. We have a legal duty to report certain criminal behaviors, specifically those involving violent and/or sexual crimes or crimes against children. We also respect the proper exercise of church discipline and will work with your church elders in evaluating the need for ecclesiastical censure should you prove unresponsive to counseling.

 

The details of a particular counselee’s problems will only be shared among the counselors who are involved and those who may be advising the counselor(s) on the case. Even when information is discussed in consultation with other counselors or pastors, confidentiality regarding personal details will be maintained. If a counselor determines he/she has a biblical, legal, or ethical duty to report information provided in counseling, the counselee will be personally notified.

Request Counseling Services

To request Counseling Services, please read the Waiver of Liability and enter your information below. Once you click "Submit", your information will be emailed to our Counselors. You will then be redirected to another page with a questionnaire. This form will need to be filled out for us to assist you with this process.

Waiver of Liability

 

The undersigned, seeking biblical counseling as practiced by our ministry, a non-profit religious organization, hereby acknowledges his or her understanding of the following conditions and further releases this ministry, its agents, counselors, and employees, from any liability or claim arising from the undersigned’s participation in the above-mentioned biblical counseling program:

 

  1. It is understood by the participant counselee that all biblical counseling will be provided by supervised counselors who counsel based upon their understanding of Scripture, not as licensed therapists;

  2. That all counseling provided in the biblical counseling program is provided in accordance with the biblical principles adhered to by this ministry and are not necessarily provided in adherence to any local or national psychological or psychiatric association;

  3. That no representation has been made, either expressly or implied, that the biblical counseling as described above is accepted as customary psychological and/or psychiatric therapy within the definitional terms utilized by those professions.

  4. Certain statements may not be protected as privileged communications under law.

 

I agree and understand that all of the counseling I receive through this ministry will be based on the counselor’s understanding of the Bible and its practical application. I am consenting to receive counseling from this ministry with full knowledge that biblical counselors believe and teach the authority of the Scriptures.

 

I hereby agree to the following conditions:

 

  • I am committed to resolving my problems by coming into obedience to the Word of God.

  • I will do the assigned weekly homework. If I do not, I understand the session may be cancelled or postponed until the assignment is completed at the counselor’s discretion.

  • I will attend church each Sunday while I am in counseling.

  • I understand that confidentiality cannot be absolutely guaranteed under the conditions indicated above.

  • I will keep the appointment time or will call to cancel or reschedule with a legitimate reason. Three cancellations without prior notice will forfeit further counseling at the counselor’s discretion.

  • If I am unhappy in any way with the counseling, I will first discuss it with my counselor, then with my counselor and his or her supervisor, and then appeal it to the Elders of Reformation OPC.

  • Sessions may be terminated at any time by the counselee or counselor.

By providing your personal information and clicking "Submit" you are acknowledging the Waiver of Liability and requesting Counseling Services from Reformation OPC. If you have questions regarding this process please send us an email at reformationopcaz@gmail.com.

Physical Address:

11556 East University Drive Apache Junction, AZ 85120

 

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 4290 Apache Junction, AZ 85178

 

Service Times:

Sunday: Bible Class - 9:00am; Worship - 10:00am; 5:00pm

Wednesday Bible Study: 6:00pm

 

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